the grape thieves l PROJECT 28 36 blocks. Note that the red/ochre pairs are oriented the opposite way in these blocks ( Now use the pieced triangles with the 5in blue and green cut triangles from step 23 to make square units. Pair each pieced triangle with a large cut triangle of the opposite colour ( green or blue) and stitch together along the long edge. Press seams towards the large triangles. You will have sixteen (16) units with large blue triangles and eight (8) units with large green triangles. Trim and square up to 4½in square if necessary ( Now use the cream/red QST units with sixteen (16) ochre 2½in squares to make pieced triangles, pressing seams towards the squares. Be sure to align the rightangle edges of the QST units with the edges of the squares, then trim the long edge of the pieced triangle to ¼in if necessary. You will have a total of sixteen (16) pieced triangles. Fig 18B). Making the Cross and Crown (CC) Blocks Make four (4) side and one (1) centre blocks ( You are making the units for all the blocks at the same time. Fig 19). 37 Repeat step 36 with cream/ dark QST units and four (4) blue 2½in squares to make another four (4) pieced triangles ( Fig 17A). 29 Take twenty-four (24) 2½in squares of both red and ochre and stitch them together in pairs. Press seams towards the red squares ( Fig 22). 38 Pair each blue pieced triangle with a large cut triangle of green and stitch together along the long edge. Press seams towards the large triangles. Pair each ochre pieced triangle with a large cut triangle of dark and stitch together along the long edge. Press all seams towards the large triangles. You will have sixteen (16) units with large dark triangles and four (4) units with large green triangles. Trim and square up to 4½in square if necessary ( CC centre block CC side block Fig 19 Fig 17B). 33 Take eight (8) dark 5in squares and two (2) green 5in squares and cut each in half diagonally once to make cut HSTs ( Make 16 Make 8 Make 24 Fig 20A). Fig 17A Fig 17B 30 34 Lay out the four (4) DD side blocks using the sixteen (16) units with large blue triangles, sixteen (16) red/ochre stitched pairs and four (4) dark 2½in squares. Rotate the units as required, then stitch the units together in three (3) rows of three (3). Press seams towards the centre in the top and bottom rows and towards the outside in the middle row. Take eight (8) cream background 3½in squares and pair them with eight (8) red 3½in squares ( Make mirrorimage QST units (see Techniques). Press seams towards the cream background fabric and trim to 3in square before cutting apart perpendicular to the seam. You will have thirty-two (32) cream/red units – sixteen (16) of each type. Fig 23). Fig 20B). Fig 22 31 35 Stitch the three (3) rows together, then press (it doesn’t matter which way). Trim and square up the blocks to 10½in square if necessary ( Repeat with two (2) cream 3½in squares and two (2) dark 3½in squares ( You will have eight (8) cream/dark units – four (4) of each type ( Fig 20C). Fig 18A). Fig 21). 32 Repeat steps 30 and 31 using the eight (8) units with large green triangles, eight (8) red/ochre pairs and two (2) dark 2½in squares to make the two (2) DD centre Fig 23 39 Lay out the four (4) CC side blocks using the sixteen (16) pieced units with large dark triangles, sixteen (16) cream 4½in x 2½in rectangles, and four (4) blue 2½in squares. Rotate the units as required, then stitch the units together in three (3) rows of three (3). Press seams towards the centre in the top and bottom rows and towards the outside in the middle row ( Fig 20A Fig 20B Make 32 Make 8 Fig 20C Fig 21 DD side - make 4 DD centre - make 2 Fig 18A Fig 18B Fig 24A). 56 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter